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Emergency & Disaster Management Degrees


& Disaster
Management Degrees

– No Application Fee



What Is Emergency Management?

Global events have created an undeniable need for leaders in Emergency and Disaster Management. Responding to disasters requires expertise that not many people have. That’s why leaders with Emergency Management Degrees are in-demand! The common thread among people in this field is ensuring that when disaster strikes, help follows. The disaster management cycle is commonly divided into four phases: preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation.

  • Preparedness – The development of disaster and relief plans including conducting training exercises to prepare for a variety of possible scenarios.
  • Response – The coordination of logistics for carrying out response plans for saving lives, preserving property, providing humanitarian care, evacuating affected areas, setting up shelters, delivering food, medicine, and supplies, restoring and repairing critical infrastructure.
  • Recovery – The assistance in economic recovery including helping people get funding for social services and assist in rebuilding communities.
  • Mitigation – The prevention or reduction of damage from future disasters by assessing weaknesses, taking steps to strengthen infrastructure, and educating the public on ways to lessen risks.

Why Emergency and Disaster Management?

MCNY’s degrees in emergency and disaster management provide the knowledge needed to lead response in times of crisis. We are located in the Downtown Manhattan, the epicenter of where best practices in Emergency and Disaster Management are developed.

All of our professors and instructors have years of career experience in the NY and NJ area, nationally, and globally. You learn from board-certified emergency managers (CEM) who work in government, safety, medical or security agencies.

Their expertise and guidance, along with the input of your fellow students many of which are already practicing emergency managers, will prepare you for a rewarding, successful career.


With an emergency management degree from MCNY, you’ll be prepared to begin—or advance—a career in the exciting, in-demand fields of emergency preparedness, homeland security, and business continuity. You’ll learn how to effectively coordinate available resources in catastrophic event, and mitigate the loss of life, property and operational capability following a natural, man-made or technological disaster. MCNY’s accredited BA in Emergency Management and Business Continuity curriculum can be completed in two years and eight months.


Offered online or on campus, the one-year Master of Public Administration in Emergency and Disaster Management provides a dynamic, market-driven education.
The coursework examines current theory and purifies it in the best practices in the industry, while addressing all aspects of the disaster management cycle. This program is designed to cover a wide range of topics, including climate change impacts, social vulnerabilities to disasters, enterprise risk management, cyber security, economics of disasters, humanitarian response to disasters, and counterterrorism.

The program has been designed to meet the standards of the National Commission on Health Education Credentialing (NCHEC). Students who complete the program will qualify to take the NCHEC Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) exam, which is the only nationally recognized credential in the field.

Possible career paths:

Top employers of emergency management specialists are local governments, State governments, general medical and surgical hospitals, power generation and supply services, and emergency and other relief services.

Emergency management specialists earned a median salary of $45,670 a year in 2004, with the middle 50 percent earning between $33,390 and $62,370. The highest earning 10 percent made more than $81,860, and the lowest earning 10 percent made less than $24,630.

Emergency management specialists can have different job titles and duties. But all of these workers are involved in mitigation, preparedness, response, or recovery activities. Their efforts are critical to homeland security because they help people, businesses, and communities to avoid and better react to crises.

U.S. Bureau of Labor statistics:

Percentile wage estimates for Emergency Management Directors:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $19.45 $25.76 $35.78 $50.39 $67.85
Annual Wage (2) $40,460 $53,580 $74,420 $104,800 $141,130

Hourly Wage:

  • 10% percentile: $19.45
  • 25% percentile: $25.76
  • 50$ percentile (median): $35.78
  • 75% percentile: $50.39
  • 90% percentile: $67.85

Annual Wage (2):

  • 10% percentile: $40,460
  • 25% percentile: $53,580
  • 50% percentile (median): $74,420
  • 75% percentile: $104,800
  • 90% percentile: $141,130

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 4,920 0.09 $35.70 $74,260
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 1,350 0.06 $31.72 $65,990
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 780 0.01 $43.48 $90,440
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 340 0.01 $46.22 $96,140
Management of Companies and Enterprises 230 0.01 $56.93 $118,410

Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation):

  • Employment: 4,920
  • Percent of industry employment: 0.09
  • Hourly mean wage: $35.70
  • Annual mean wage: $74,260

State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation):

  • Employment: 1,350
  • Percent of industry employment: 0.06
  • Hourly mean wage: $31.72
  • Annual mean wage: $65,990

General Medical and Surgical Hospitals:

  • Employment: 780
  • Percent of industry employment: 0.01
  • Hourly mean wage: $43.48
  • Annual mean wage: $90,440

Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools:

  • Employment: 340
  • Percent of industry employment: 0.01
  • Hourly mean wage: $46.22
  • Annual mean wage: $96,140

Management of Companies and Enterprises:

  • Employment: 230
  • Percent of industry employment: 0.01
  • Hourly mean wage: $56.93
  • Annual mean wage: $118,410

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